Founded in 1895, Aston has officially been a university since 1966. It is organised into five Academic Schools: The Aston Business School (ABS); The Aston Medical School (AMS); The School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS);The School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS); The School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS). In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 78% of research submitted by the university was evaluated as 'world leading' or 'internationally recognised'. Global Higher Education consultants QS Intelligence Unit have awarded Aston a five star rating for excellence in teaching, employability, innovation, facilities, inclusiveness, and internationalisation (2017). Aston has over 50 years of experience in providing students with integrated employer placement opportunities and was one of the pioneers of this approach to university degrees.